Prem bubs auxiliary

Raising funds to support the Neonatal Unit at The Royal Children's Hospital

Area: Plenty

THE STORY SO FAR

CasKids was formerly the Nunawading Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital.  It was formed in 1967 and renamed in 1995 to CasKids which actually sponsors the Emergency and Casualty Department of the hospital.
There are 13 women in our group.  Three of us have been together for 40 years this year and, of course, this year we turned 44 years old!  From 1973 when we decided to fund equipment for various departments in the hospital, we have raised $271,607.  
The best thing about belonging to a group of volunteers, who are committed to a cause, is that you ‘grow’ together as you travel on your journey.  We have experienced engagements, the birth of our children, divorces, remarriages, and, sadly the loss of precious children.  Through all of this we have remained a strong group of supportive friends who look forward to seeing each other each month to meet or hold a fundraiser.  The friendships formed along the way are life-long.   Over the past 15 years we have included our husbands or partners in our fundraising ventures so that once again new friendships have formed which makes getting together a real pleasure.
We have held stalls, sausage sizzles, lamington drives (making the lamingtons ourselves) fashion parades, Dutch auctions, jewellery and bag evenings and of course spent some wonderful times at the AGM in at the hospital hearing the doctors or nurses or specialists from various departments talk about their work at the hospital.  Very motivating stuff!  
Over the past years we have been selling the tote bags which are generated through the hospital in a multitude of colours and they have been wonderfully successful.  We see them everywhere – even overseas!
We have been supporting the Young People’s Health Service which is part of the Department of Adolescent Health which is attached to the Emergency Department for the past five years.  We help them with donations of toiletries and underwear and socks for the disadvantaged and homeless youth.
We acknowledge the fantastic support of “Linen House” who has been helping and supporting us for the past 20 years through our stalls.  We are extremely grateful to them.

Founded in 2006 by Irene and Tony Hubbard, Prem Bubs Auxiliary is a small but incredibly active and successful group which raises funds to support the Neonatal Unit at the hospital. Irene has been supporting Auxiliaries for over 30 years, and has received both the honorary Living Treasures Award and Madge Tate Service Award for her incredible dedication to raising funds and awareness for The Royal Children's Hospital. 

WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON

Prem Bubs raises funds through the stall it has run in the hospital foyer every two weeks for the past five years. On trading days of their Monster Toy Stall, the members leave their home at 3.30am with a loaded trailer of toys that have been donated, and carefully cleaned, assempled and priced, often not returning home until after 9.00pm. These toys stalls often raise over $2,000 from purely donated goods, with Prem Bubs raising a staggering $250,000 over the past four years.

Office bearers

Coordinators:  Irene & Tony Hubbard

Contact

Phone
0402 270 540

Email
irenehubbard@prembubs.org